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|Winelands and Tours Description
Since the very first vines were planted in the Cape over three and a half centuries ago,the region has become internationally famous for it's wines. Within an hour's drive of Cape Town there are many hundreds of wine producers making some of the finest wines in the New World. From the most affordable easy drinking blends to the still remarkably affordable Internationally award winning noble cultivars, the Cape offers wines to suit every palate.
The rolling hills and hidden valleys are complimented by towering mountains, stately oaks, and fertile vineyards. The very distinctive whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture can be found across all of these beautiful winelands.
There are 13 designated wine routes in the Cape Winelands region and Route 62 ,linking the Winelands, Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo, is reputed to be the world's longest wine route.
The capital of the wine growing area is Stellenbosch,it is South Africa's second oldest town and has the largest concentration of wine producers within the surrounding valley's and hillsides. It is very difficult to find an estate that does not offer beautiful views, pretty architecture or satisfying food. We think no one does it better than the delightful town of Franschhoek, situated in it's own beautiful valley,studded with fruit farms and wine estates, not forgetting some of the best restaurants in the winelands.It should be noted that many wine estate restaurants only open for lunch and not dinner and it is worth checking beforehand.
There is so much information available in many forms relating to the Winelands, it can be extremely difficult to make the right choice.Given the sheer scale of things to see and do, places to stay and restaurants to visit when travelling the winelands, we feel the the following will provide some guidance and help you plan your ....Grape Escape !
The following websites give very helpful and useful information so that you may plan your time in the Cape Winelands.
All Cape Winelands - www.wineroutes-sa.co.za
Stellenbosch Wine Route - www.wineroute.co.za
Route 62. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth - www.route62.co.za
Cape Splendour Tours. - Wine Tasting Tours. Air conditioned Microbus with owner driver JULIE CLARKE.
TELEPHONE - 0027 (0)21 554 3669 or CELL +27 (0)83 468 9996
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE - www.capesplendour.co.za
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|Wine and Other - Description
Apart from wine tasting, many venues have ventured into other areas and now offer an excellent range of unique experiences.
Probably the most commercialised of these is Spier. Located just 10 mins from the centre of Stellenbosch,along the R310. This venue has a Cheetah Outreach where you can interact with adult cats and cubs. Also there is a bird sanctuary (Eagle Encounters ) with some really amazing inhabitants.The 2.00pm Interactive Falconry display is great fun and the kids love it.
You can also picnic in the grounds or enjoy something from the lakeside restaurant.
For full details on Spier please visit - www.spier.co.za
SOME OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO. (all within 1 hour from Cape Town )
Bird Watching -- Mount Rozier Estate.
Brandy - Avontuur, Louiesenhof, Uitkyk.
Brandy Distillery - Van Ryn. Please visit - www.vanryn.co.za
Carriage Rides - Blaauwklippen.
Cheese Making - Rustenberg, Zevenwacht.
Cheese Platters - Ernie Els, Hoopenburg,Jordan,Ken Forrester, Lourensford, Saxonburg.
Desert Wine & Cheese Tasting - Asara.
Fly Fishing - Alluvia. Please visit - www.alluvia.co.za
Honey - Jordan (Look out for their OPEN DAY in November each year )
Olives - L 'Avenir, Mooiplaas, Morgenster, Remhoogte, Simonsig, Tokara,Yonder Hill.
Olive Oil - Beyerskloof, Hillcrest,Mooiplaas, Morgenster, Remhoogte,Saxenburg, Simonsig, Tokara, Yonder Hill.
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting - Vrede en Lust, Visit the Cottage Fromage !
Wine & Chocolate Tasting - Bilton, Waterford. What an experience !
Wine & Biltong Experience - Stellenbosch Hills.
RUPERT WINES & FRANSCHHOEK MOTOR MUSEUM.
There are two attractions on the Rupert L'Ormarins wine farm.
Nearer to the entrance there is the Franschhoek Motor Museum; the museum has over 300 cars in their collection, of which 80 are on display at any given time.
From the reception you are shuttled to our Chardonnay Tasting Room, en route you will enjoy spectacular views of the farm and valley. The tasting is a formal, informative, seated tasting.
Mon - Fri: 09h00-16h30
Sun: Informal tastings at reception
Franschhoek Motor Museum Website - www.fmm.co.za
Mon - Fri: 10h00-16h00
Sat & Sun: 10h00-15h00
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
For any further information please visit the main Rupert website - www.rupertwines.com
OLIVE FESTIVAL -:
RIEBEEK KASTEEL - RIEBEEK VALLEY. Around an hour or so from the centre of Cape Town, along the N7 past Malmesbury, take the R46. Generally on the first weekend in May is this "Real Olive" festival. The largest olive festival in South Africa is now extremely popular with olive tasting, olive farm tours, shops, restaurants and much more. For further information on the festival and about the Riebeek Valley please click on www.riebeekvalley.info/
Situated in Riebeek Kasteel is the OLD OAK MANOR GUEST HOUSE together with CAFE FELIX. Excellent accomodation and supurb cuisine. If you are planning a trip to the olive festival or just traveling through, be sure to experience the quality on offer at this delightful establishment.
For more information please visit -: www.cafefelix.co.za
GROOT CONSTANTIA -:
Within 15-20mins of Cape Town centre is the oldest winery in South Africa. Founded in 1685, and nestled in Constantia valley lies 160 hectares of the Landgeod Estate. Open 7 days a week there are Cellar Tours almost every hour with Wine Tasting,and sales. The Museum portrays the early years at Constantia and is worth a view. Finally there are two stunning restaurants, Jonkershuis opens at 9.00am to 10.00pm and Simon's opens from 12,00pm.
An enjoyable experience........and so close to town !